The Helen and Lindiwe show

2012-10-06 18:28

Wicked queens, ugly sisters, magic creatures – they’re all there in a good pantomine. But one Christmas production this year is adding a new twist: politicians.

The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko and Helen Zille will have starring roles in the December 1 matinee performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Mandela at Joburg Theatre.

With the pair’s performance, the party is hoping to raise R107 000 towards its 2014 election kitty. And tickets are selling fast.

Party treasurer Dion George said about 700 of the 1 015 tickets available for the show, which go for R200 to R500 each, had already been sold.

George said he had been wanting to do the panto since 2006, but this year at last he felt the time was right.

“I asked Helen Zille and she said she would love to, so I phoned the theatre to book a show,” he said.

They still have to sit down with producer Janice Honeyman to slot the party leader and the DA parliamentary head into the script.

Zille yesterday said they were likely to do a bit of singing.

“I’m not sure what we will be doing yet, but we might sing a song. I promise I won’t do Koekie Loekie,” she joked, referring to one of her campaign songs.

“I am hoping that Lindiwe will do it with me because she is a good soprano,” Zille said.

Mazibuko, who dreamt of becoming an opera singer before becoming a politician, could not be reached for comment.

The panto performance comes a week after the party’s elective congress, where Zille is expected to retain her position as leader.

“I hope they still give me my role if I’m not re-elected, because I’m really looking forward to (the panto),” she said.


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